Albuca spiralis

Mary Sue Ittner
Fri, 18 Oct 2002 20:38:30 PDT
Dear All,

Alberto donated seed of Albuca spiralis to the IBS SX and I was fortunate enough to get some. I couldn't find out much about it, but thought from the sound of the name it might have cool leaves so asked for it. Since then I have a copy of Cape Plants and have read that it is from sandy and stony slopes from Namaqualand to the Cape Peninsula in South Africa so I think I have a chance of growing it. There was a generous amount of seed and so I tried floating some of it. It germinated really well the regular way, but it also germinated by floatation as well. The ones I floated never went dormant but the others did so it will be interesting to see how they compare at the end of the second year. But my question is this. In Cape Plants it says that this Albuca is 20 to 40 cm. But in my copy of BULBS in an article by Bill Richardson, he says he planted his out and it produced massive leaves and flowers spikes up to 5 or 6 feet tall. Is this another one of those Australian stories that I remember from years past or is this what I can expect? What does it do in Argentina?

Rachel, if you are reading, does it get to be this big in South Africa? And do the leaves spiral in cultivation?

Thanks in advance for any answers.

Mary Sue

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